By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
When the Ole Miss Rebels defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide last season, defensive tackle Chris Williams was inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. He took part in the celebration after the Rebels’ 23-17 win. He even saw the goal post come down.
The Ole Miss signee for the class of 2014 wasn’t on the sidelines with the rest of his signing class, he was in the stands. It was one of several Ole Miss home games the 6-foot-1, 285-pound Williams attended.
Last fall, Williams was starting his career at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia. He finished with 26 tackles before an injury limited his production as a freshman. Williams still keeps up with tight ends coach Maurice Harris, his direct recruiter. The plan for him to return to the Rebels for the 2016 season is still a reality.
“We talk just about every other day. He’s making sure that I’m OK and doing the right things, staying focused, so I can be out and back in December,” Williams said. “Everything is on track. Everything is still the same. I don’t talk (to other Ole Miss assistants) as much as I do to Coach Harris. Me and Coach Harris have the best relationship on the coaching staff. We have been cool since my junior year in high school, and he is still recruiting me. We have been very good with each other for a few years now.”
Williams said that the Ole Miss coaching staff was one of the most sincere in college football.
“They stayed up with me through my whole recruitment. They are the most honest, they just keep it straight up with you from day one,” Williams said. “And they recruit you from day one, until the end, the same way they started. They won’t let up. They either get you or they don’t. They force you to commit. Great coaching staff.”
Williams was excited about the upcoming season, and what the Rangers could in 2015. He felt like he had made strides during his time in junior college, and gotten better overall.
“I think have developed very good technique and gotten quicker off the ball,” Williams said. “I got stronger, of course. I think I’m more mature, just more aware of what is going on when I’m on the field. I got to continue to get off the ball, use good hand movement, which is my best attribute. I just got to dominate the game, blow through defenders, even a double team.”
For more on Williams, see the coming issues of the Oxford Citizen.